This development was built on former railway land with an interesting history. The site was used as stabling for horses used in connection with the former Camden goods yard, to which a horse tunnel running across the site provides access. The site also houses an accumulator tower which provided high pressure water to drive machinery at the goods yard. The tower and horse tunnel have been retained and incorporated into the design.
The development is mixed use with six residential apartments fronting Gloucester Avenue above a retail unit and restaurant, with office space situated to the rear next to the railway. Arranged around a courtyard, the accumulator tower provides vertical circulation for the apartments which are accessed from flying walkways. Generous projecting balconies provide further amenity space.
Improved public access to the canal was a key part of the scheme, and a ramp along the front of the building allows wheelchair and cycle access to the towpath. The Primrose Hill Conservation Area Advisory Committee were enthusiastic in their support of the scheme which was also welcomed by Camden planning department.
The scheme was featured in the RIBA Housing sector publication and was shortlisted for the Brick Federation awards. It was also used as the feature building in an AJ edition.